I’m a big fan of greek yogurt, and I’m happy to see that it’s catching on as a reasonably healthy, easy, grab-n-go snack that tastes good…they’re hard to come by!
Read labels carefully though – those fruity flavors may sound delicious and they’re labeled in such a way to make you think they’re boosting the healthy benefits of an already great snack, but it may come with a little more than you bargained for – added sugars . I reviewed two popular brands of greek yogurt (both fat-free and 2%) and found the plain variety contains from 15-17g protein and 7-8g sugars per serving. The flavored varieties contain less protein (10-15g) and more than double the sugar (17-29g/serving)!
Stick with plain to keep the sugar to a minimum, add some Splenda or your own fresh fruit to sweeten. For a more intense flavor – add some ZEST! Zest a quarter of a lemon or orange, or half of a lime directly into your yogurt and stir. Flavor INFUSION, and next to 0 calories (2 actually, per teaspoon of zest…and that’s a LOT of zest)!